The Missionary  -     By: William Carmichael, David Lambert
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The Missionary

Moody Publishers / 2009 / Paperback

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American missionaries David and Christie Eller run a clinic for homeless children in Caracas, Venezuela. But when an angry David publicly rails against the government, he falls into an unimaginable nightmare of espionage. Will his life-or-death gamble to escape the country with his wife and son succeed---or will the resources of a corrupt dictatorship prevail? 300 pages, softcover from Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 300
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802455697
ISBN-13: 9780802455697
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Publisher's Description

David Eller is an American missionary in Venezuela, married to missionary nurse, Christie. Together they rescue homeless children in Caracas. But for David, that isn't enough. The supply of homeless children is endless because of massive poverty and the oppressive policies of the Venezuelan government, led by the Hugo Chavez-like Armando Guzman. In a moment of anger, David publicly rails against the government, unaware that someone dangerous might be listening--a revolutionary looking for recruits. David falls into an unimaginable nightmare of espionage, ending in a desperate, life-or-death gamble to flee the country with his wife and son, with all the resources of a corrupt dictatorship at their heels.

Author Bio

WILLIAM CARMICHAEL, co-author of The Missionary, is an accomplished bestselling author of marriage, family, and parenting books. He and his wife, Nancie, are popular speakers across the United States and Canada and together have written several books, including Habits of a Healthy Home and Desperate for God. Bill is also the founder of Good Family Magazines, which published Virtue, Christian Parenting Today, and Parents of Teenagers magazines. Bill and Nancie have five children and seven grandchildren and reside in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.

DAVID LAMBERT (M.F.A., University of Montana) is senior fiction editor at Howard Books and also sits on the Editorial Board of Jerry Jenkins's Christian Writers Guild. Previously he spent 18 years as an acquiring editor at Zondervan. Dave is the author of ten published books, including The Missionary, co-authored with William Carmichael, and the Gold Medallion Award winning Jumper Fables, co-authored with Ken Davis. His short fiction has been published in periodicals as diverse as TQ, The Chariton Review, Sand, Virtue, Moody Magazine, Guideposts for Kids, and Story. David resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


William Carmichael and David Lambert’s The Missionary is packed with drama and suspense, as well as being full of surprise twists and turns. David Eller knew life in Caracas, Venezuela, would not be easy as an American missionary but life grows more difficult when he becomes involved in an assassination attempt on the Venezuelan president-dictator. Though his motives are innocent, that doesn’t stop the manhunt which ensues, led by both the government and those who hired him, forcing David to make life-changing decisions.

David’s actions affect not only himself but his family, as well. Christie, his wife, is surprised to learn of David’s involvement, and after the Eller family is forced into hiding, she has to decide if she can forgive her husband as Colossians 3:13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” She learns what unconditional love really means.

The Missionary is a gripping story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats; it is fast-paced with smooth dialogue, allowing glances into each character’s heart and thought process. The novel addresses issues such as forgiveness and Jesus’ involvement in politics, offering fresh perspectives that hold to biblical principles and are sure to make readers think.

Violence and torture are mentioned. As such, this book is not recommend for those younger than 14. The Missionary is relevant to today’s situation in Venezuela, making it a riveting story for all adults. The book has plenty of action and drama for men, and Carmichael and Lambert incorporate a little romance and emotion for their female audience.

Carmichael and Lambert successfully weave many characters’ vantage points together. Although most people will probably never become involved in an attempted assassination, the characters’ thoughts are relatable and logical under the circumstances found in the novel. The ending was disappointing, however. Many of the loose ends are not tied up. The plot was well conceived, though, and worth following. This book would make an excellent gift or addition to a personal library. – Caitlin Wilson,

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 10, 2010
    Edna Tollison
    American missionary David, his wife Christie, and four-year-old boy Davy are living in Caracas, Venezuela, helping to rescue homeless, sick, and starving orphans on the streets of Caracas, Venezuela. wWhile helping some children, David meets a stranger with a helping hand and after visiting Hope Village give David a check to help out. A few days later the same man comes and pays a visit to Hope Village the Orphanage in which the Eller's work. The man identifies himself as Carlos Edwards. He proposes a deal with David that will make everything David has ever dreamed of come true for the orphanage come true, and maybe even build another one. The current president Armando Guzman is not very well liked. Before David knows it, he is caught in a vicious war, one that could cost him and everything he holds dear to him in danger.He finds out about the attempt on the life of the president and that he had been unknowingly involved so her sent his family away and he stays behind because some old friends had been arrested. But unknow to him the family didn't get away and he was on the run with more than one bad organization after him. I just wanted to get into the book and tell David not to do some of the things he did, I think he should have listened to his wife about meeting and trusting strangers.It would be easy to say that "The Missionary" by William Carmichael and David Lambert is a suspense story that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. And it is that, a terrific suspense novel, with sadistic torturers, calculating bureaucrats and mercenaries who form the web that ensnares Eller and his family.The book was sent to me by "Bring It On" Communications for review.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 5, 2010
    Gary Scott
    Great job Bill. I'm a guy and I enjoyed the book so much that I passsed it along to my daughter-in-law who is a missionary with my son in Thailand. She too enjouyed it VERY much. I am expecting it to come out as a movie. Hope Barbara and I can go see it with you.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 17, 2010
    Nils Ohman
    Great read! Dave Lambert demonstrates what he teaches in good, solid Christian thrillers. The authors take a current situation in the Venezuelan dictatorship right off of today's headlines and through each extremely well developed characters make the situation come alive. The hero's faith is challenged...will God really walk through the valley with an errant Christian? Can He really take another, a self centered "success" and redeem him to Christ? Fast paced, I really didn't want to put it down.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 9, 2010
    Pam Barry
    This is a fast paced book that you won't be able to put down. It has good character development so that it is believable how a missionary could get involved with the wrong group of people because he wanted so desperately to help the children he is ministering to.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 4, 2009
    Tamera Lynn Kraft
    David is a frustrated missionary. No matter how hard he works, there's always more homeless poverty striken orphans he can't reach. He wants to do more, but how can he with the repressive dictator he blames for Venezula's misery in control. If only something could be done? This is the mindset of David when he is approached by a man who claims ties to the CIA and says he plans a peaceful coup. All David has to do is make a few deliveries. David knows he's putting the mission, his family, and his life at risk if he agrees, but this is his chance to do something important. But then everything goes wrong. I can relate to David's stupid decisions. Many times as Chritians, we don't feel like what were doing is making any difference. Sometimes it's easier to do something "big" to change things. This is not your typical missionary story with the protaganist who meekly serves. This man has the faults and temptations we all do, and sometimes he screws up big time while trying to help God out. I literally could not put this novel down. From the moment I started reading it, I was hooked. I had to see what happened next. I couldn't put it down. If I could give this novel 6 stars, I would. It's that good.
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